Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy were survived a serious plane crash in Tennessee, according to multiple online reports. Photos of a plane engulfed in flames on a runway began circulating with news that Earnhardt and his wife were on the plane.
Luckily, they were not injured in the crash, according to Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier.
The two pilots, the couple’s one-year-old daughter, and the family’s dog were also onboard the aircraft. Earnhardt Jr. has reportedly been rushed to a local hospital for further treatment on non-life threatening injuries.
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“The Carter County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office confirms a small jet carrying Dale Earnhardt Junior and his wife crashed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport,” news outlet Local 12/WKRC-TV wrote on Twitter. “Investigators say all on board survived and there’s no word yet on what caused the incident.”
The incident occurred at Elizabethton Airport — 20 miles from Bristol where a NASCAR race is scheduled for the weekend — after the private plane the couple was riding in ran off the end of the runway and burst into flames.
Here are some of the terrifying photos:
— Iredell Firewire (@IredellFirewire) August 15, 2019
#BREAKING: The Carter County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office confirms a small jet carrying Dale Earnhardt Junior and his wife crashed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.
Investigators say all on board survived and there’s no word yet on what caused the incident. pic.twitter.com/SasqhydGPX
— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) August 15, 2019
Dale Jr.’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt, confirmed that everyone on board is fine.
“I can confirm Dale, Amy and Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time,” she wrote in a brief statement on social media. “Thank you for your understanding.”
I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
— Kelley Earnhardt (@EarnhardtKelley) August 15, 2019
Bristol Motor Speedway will host the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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